Greetings guys, my aim in establishing this group was to exchange my martial arts experience with the like minded of our beloved MP.net. Please feel free to enrich the forum with photos too.
Until a few months ago I was one those dissing classical martial arts, claiming that these have lost touch with reality, often enabling suckers to establish their own cults or pyramid-schemes.
This however is only a minority in the MA world.
I for one am a great JUDO admirer and firmly believe that JUDO is a great MA in itself. It might have military use as well.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is another great MA you just cannot have enough of it.
I have experience in BJJ (not much though), JKD, Ninjutsu, Kickboxing and WT.
As you see none of these arts may be defined as classic in itself, for I was always willing to be a good self-defender (word?)
As you get older however one wishes to do sports, or it has been the case for me. I am really into Shotokan nowadays, seriously and can see after all those years' experience that Shotokan, when trained properly, will suffice for SD too.
Thanks for reading,
derkrieger out for now.
do not forget to check this and other Kyokushin related videos
Nice Shotokan competition video;
Here is what a member of our forum has to say regarding his martial arts experience. As I see it, he is one mofo with a philosphy and superior butt-kicking techniques :)
""Hey derkrieger.Thank you for the invitation.I do not consider myself an expert in any style but, I've enjoyed studying many. Please excuse my bad spelling of Chinese,Japanese and Korean words in our alphabet. I use Bagua (instead of the Paqua you use as an example.) because,that was the word and form I discovered(not that it was lost) first. I slip from Oxford to Pin Yin in my Chinese spellings all the time.Also,I am a complete technoklutz when it comes to Internet Boards and don't know how this works.:-)
started with Moo Duk Kwan and Hapkido as a child.Then Wing Chun and JDK.This lead me towards The Doctrine of The Mean.The Book of Mean greatly opened up my appreciation and understanding of Chi and Internal styles.I taught (free) self defense classes when I was in my 20s.As I started getting older,I grokked more fully the 2 Chinese sayings that I always keep in mind. The first talks about one who only trains the Internal and preforms without Jin:FLOWER FIST AND BROCADE LEG. The second martail artist warned against, trains only externally: TRAIN QUAN( Chuan) NOT GONG(Kung),WHEN YOU GET OLD,ALL EMPTINESS. These sayings tell us that one needs both types of styles to approach martial greatness.As well as a good life. Balance. Yin AND Yang.
I practice Yang Family,Song Family and WU Family Tai Chi.I've done a bit of Chen short staff but,am far from mastering the idiosyncrities of Chen with its' "reverse breathing.'' That's on hold why I attempt to master(ha ha) WU(which is giving me and my knee fits).I practice Yin Yang Medical Chi Gong at the intermediate level. Chi Gong (like other internal arts coming in the Meditative,Medical and Martial varieties.) I have dabbled(a bit) with Xing Yi Chuan. Mostly learning some difficult foot-work I was interested in.Aggressive art that. I have a buddy who is proficient in Bagua(Emei Mountain Baguazhang style).I am not but,it interests me greatly.My teachers school teaches a style of Bagua as well.""
a documentary on history of SAMBO, a great russian martial art
CUSTODES on Martial Arts;
see you folks prefer the Japanese and Okinawan styles.It is said Okinawan styles descended from Shoalin.Are they the most popular styles in Turkey and Germany?
In upstate NY,USA where I spend time Budokai is the most popular form of Karate.A friend,a newer black belt in Budokai says his Sensei is brutal,but he loves it.Judo is popular here.I think of it as a sport but,very effective.BJJ is still very popular. I see Goju Ryo in the phone book and Kempo school but,don't know any teachers or practitioners.
Aikido is very popular here.Especially Kokikai and Nihon Goshin styles.Aikido is a superior martial art.Tae Kwon Do is king in sheer numbers.The kids and their parents love it.It's a good place to start.Not a complete art though.A sport.It's missing holds,throws and locks and grappling.Hapkido is awesome as a Martial Art in the Korean styles.A bit of Moo Duk Kwan and Tang Soo Do around too.
MMA and Thai Kickboxing remain popular schools here in NY state.Tai Chi is growing.It's very hard to do right though and to understand for some people and they don't stick with it.Helps keep me from going senile though. :-) My teacher,who is patiently trying to teach me Wu Family, has been to China this year(and every year).She says Shaolin Temple is beautiful and restored. Wudang Mountain is spoiled now with garbage and a ruined view.
I remain devoted to the Chinese styles.Through practice and ponderance I will discover their ways. :-) Externally train tendons,bones and skin;and internally train one mouthful of Qi. (chi).
Hi Custodes I respectfully disagree about Aikido's being a superior martial art. It is definitely artistic and Aikidoka generally tend to be decent guys with whom you can have a beer and talk about martial arts but I see nothing "martial" about it. Actually it is a myth that it is deadly etc. but this needs to be proven.
Budokai:: Kyokushin I presume?? It is hard as nails style and I can only recommend it, especially those who want to be a real fighter, on the mat and on the street.
BJJ is popular but with a reason. The way these dudes train make them respectable fighters. I dont think that BJJ is technically superior to other MA's but the way they train, ALIVE AND HARD makes them good at what they are. Judo in reality comprises BJJ, nage waza that is.
Tai Chi should be great for one's health I have heard. Especially after a certain age :) one should start taking it easy during practices and sparring.
Tai Chi has application forms too.These can not be revealed on the net though as we would have to kill you and eat you.